Vaginismus is a highly debilitating female sexual condition. Here at The London Clinic we offer treatment for women experiencing vaginismus due to various causes.

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition in which the muscles around the vagina tense involuntarily when vaginal penetration is attempted. It makes sexual intercourse, pelvic examinations and smears painful, challenging or even impossible in more severe cases.

Many women experience vaginismus at some point in their lives, with the condition being most common from the late teens until the thirties. It can even occur in women who have a history of enjoyable and painless sexual intercourse.

Possible causes of vaginismus include:

  • An unpleasant sexual experience at a young age, sexual abuse, or sexual assault.
  • Injury, infection or inflammation of the vagina, pelvis or bladder.
  • Persistent vaginal dryness or irritation caused by spermicides or latex in condoms.
  • Fear or dislike of sexual intercourse because it is difficult or painful, or fear that the vagina is too small.
  • Fear of getting pregnant or the after-effects of childbirth.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Tiredness or depression.
  • Alcohol, drugs or some medications

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